Ye: An Album to Drive to

When it comes to music, you can not name an artist who has as much controversy as they have hits like Kanye West. Yeezy just released his eighth album simply called YE.

Right before the album’s release, the Chicago rapper was the source of some controversy over his comments made on TMZ. He received backlash from people all over and, most notably, on various social media platforms including Twitter. Ye referred to one of the biggest moments in history, slavery, as being a “choice” if you haven’t heard by now.

Some believe Kanye legitimately meant what he said on TMZ. However, on the flip side, people saw it as nothing more than him trying to create a wave as his album’s release was on the horizon.

If the latter is true, it was a smart marketing move as the album is currently sitting at No. 1 on iTunes.

“I miss the old Kanye, straight from the Go Kanye, chop up the soul Kanye, set on his goals Kanye. I hate the new Kanye, the bad mood Kanye, the always rude Kanye, spaz in the news Kanye.” Those lyrics from Kanye, from The Life of Pablo, himself were what his fans had been saying for years.

This album showed glimpses of “The Old Kanye”, it seemed as if he was trying to make a mix of 808s and Heartbreaks and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

The new album addresses many of the controversies of West’s past, mainly his mental breakdown and his recent support of Donald Trump support. West showed his stubbornness on his latest album, refusing to apologize. He declared on “Yikes” that his bipolar disorder is “my superpower — ain’t no disability.”

The album seemed more like an EP with only a seven song tracklist at 23 minutes long. This was vastly different than TLOP, which gave us 20 tracks with a couple of skit-like tracks. This latest album gave you old Kanye rhyme schemes. There are songs you can cruise in the car to, most notably the tracks with the autotune.

The song “Yikes” shows that Kanye still has one of the best flows in the rap game while also talking about his mental disorders. Another track worth having on repeat is “All Mine”.

Yeezy uses features from Ty Dolla Sign and Jeremih in “Wouldn’t Leave” which adds a mellow tone which made the track just stand out to the listener. “Wouldn’t Leave” takes a personal look into West life  about his actions and how his family responded to the TMZ rant.

Kanye showed his power of being more than a rapper with his producing skills which were on display here and on Pusha T’s Daytona album. His genius may or may not have been put on display with this album, but he may have been setting us up for an even better album with Kid Cudi’s Kids See Ghosts.

I would rate Ye a 7 on a 10-point scale. It is a good album, but it did not give me that feeling of wanting turn it on for something good to listen to. The production on the album was amazing, but that is to be expected as Kanye was a producer before he was a rapper and is one of the best if not the best producer in music. If the songs flowed better together from track-to-track and there were more songs, it would have been better. Once you get into the album, its’ done as it is just seven songs long.

Just as he did with TLOP, Kanye has came back with edits to the album just not as drastic, because on TLOP songs were added and changed. The Chicagoan came back with an update, adding a line to “I Thought About Killing You” about the TMZ incident. Knowing Kanye this may not be the only change coming to the album. 

If you need an album to pass time while taking a quick drive, Ye is it.

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